A photo taken by Eurobodalla firefighters the early hours of this morning (June 25) points to the lucky escape for a family at Batehaven.
Fire and Rescue NSW crews from Batemans Bay and Moruya were called to the home on Grantham Road just after 3 am in response to a fire started by a faulty electric blanket.
Duty Commander, Alan Gerrard says the alarm was raised by a passer-by and the people inside are very lucky to have escaped without serious injuries or worse.
“This just reiterates the need to check heaters and electric blankets, people put them away for the year and bring them out with the cold weather not realising faults might be present,” he says.
Firefighters at the scene this morning say, “great job done by 217 (Batemans Bay) crews to quickly contain and extinguish the fire, 384 (Moruya) crews assisted by ventilating with our onboard positive pressure fan.”
“Please remember to turn off all sources of heat before bed each night, including electric blankets, candles, scent candles and never go to bed with heat packs.
“Electric blankets are great for winter, however, should only be turned on prior to turning in for the night and once in bed they should always be turned off.”
Community Safety and Research Chief Superintendent Mick Morris says the cooler months see a 10% increase in the number of home fires.
“Don’t put yourself or your family at risk. We want to remind people to be careful when using heaters and to keep everything in the house ‘a metre from the heater’,” he says.
Fire and Rescue NSW recommends a number of simple steps you can take to protect your home and family from the risk of fire this winter:
- Turn off heaters and electric blankets before leaving home or getting into bed;
- Clean lint filters in clothes dryers before or after each use;
- Don’t overload power boards;
- Keep candles away from curtains and put them out before leaving the room;
- Don’t use LPG cylinders for cooking or heating indoors as they can leak and the gas is both toxic and highly explosive;
- Ensure you have a working smoke alarm.
In the event of a fire call Triple Zero (000).